African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum)


•   Perennial shrub to 4m, with long rigid thorny branches
•   Leaves bright green, elliptical, fleshy and clustered
•   Fruit round, succulent, 5-10mm, dull orange-red when ripe
•   Flowers tubular, five pale lilac or white petals

 African Boxthorn Information Link

Flowering Times

Autumn through to spring

Control Measures

Mechanical removal using extreme caution (large spines)



Bushes form dense, impenetrable thickets

Thickets occupy valuable grazing land and harbour vermin

Berries are a host for fruit fly and other insects

Being an extremely hardy plant, is often very hard to kill


Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Position Vacant

Snr Biosecurity Officer

The Upper Hunter Weeds Authority (UHWA) has a permanent, full-time position available, based in the Muswellbrook district of the Upper Hunter.

 The position requires excellent communication skills with the main duties involving assisting the General Manager in day-to-day management of the County Council, the inspection of private and council lands for high priority invasive plants, the preparation of records of inspection and the identification and treatment of various invasive plants. The position also requires involvement in public awareness activities such as field days.

Prospective applicants must obtain an information package, application form and position description which contains selection criteria by emailing

Please contact Doug Campbell on 0408 683 490 for further enquiries about this position.

Only written applications that address the selection criteria will be considered. Applications close on Friday 21 June 2024.

Conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Notional Agreement Preserving the Local Government (State) Award. This position has a 9-day fortnight rostered day off scheme in place. 

The Upper Hunter Weeds Authority supports the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and provides a smoke free workplace.

 Doug Campbell

General Manager

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